Teacher suspended for being trans is allowed to return to Texas school district – but she must stay way from kids

Laura Jane Klug: 'I’m willing to do whatever because I really need a paycheck. It doesn’t make me very happy'

Teacher suspended for being trans is allowed to return to Texas school district – but she must stay way from kids
25 April 2014

Substitute teacher Laura Jane Klug has been allowed to return to work for the Texas school district that suspended her after parents complained because she is transgender.

But Klug is not being allowed to teach at Lumberton Independent School District.

She agreed this week to accept a full-time position outside the classroom that will last through the end of the school year.

‘I said I’m willing to do whatever because I really need a paycheck,’ Klug tells Lone Star Q. ‘It doesn’t make me very happy, but I think it should placate them [the parents] somewhat.’

She adds: ‘I was asked not to say where I was working because we don’t want the media and we don’t want angry parents down there, because it’s near one of the schools.’

Klug had substituted before without incident but after she substituted in a fifth-grade class this month, parents complained. Some said her being transgender is a ‘distraction.’

Klug said she has never discussed her gender identity at school.

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